In this procedure, the doctor will insert a small lighted laparoscopic camera into your bladder. With this camera we can visualize the bladder and the urethra. This procedure is used in women who have problems with their bladder such as chronic infections, leakage, overactive bladder or bloody urine. It can generally be performed without anesthesia in the office or with minimal anesthesia in the outpatient setting. First your doctor will clean the entrance to the bladder and place a small amount of anesthetic gel within it. Then, a small camera is inserted into the bladder and the bladder wall can be seen on a screen. Your doctor can then see if the bladder lining shows any signs of inflammation, ulcerations or abnormal growths. A cystoscopy can also be combined with other procedures and is often used to inspect the bladder after surgeries that may occur near the bladder such as a hysterectomy or pelvic organ prolapse surgery. Sometimes, a cystoscopy can be done with a ‘hydrodistension’. In this procedure the bladder is filled to high pressure; this procedure can be painful and is usually done under general anesthesia.
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